AOC this week introduced its first entry-level 4K gaming display. The G2868PQU monitor boasts with numerous firmware-based features designed for gaming, as well as a 1 ms response time. The monitor also supports AMD’s FreeSync technology, though this isn't being paired with any kind of high refresh rate ranges.

The AOC G2868PQU is a 28-inch LCD that uses a ‘next-generation HDR-Ready' TN panel. The monitor features a 3840×2160 resolution, 300 nits maximum brightness, a 1000:1 contrast ratio, a 1 ms response time, and a 60 Hz maximum refresh rate. The display has a scaler than supports AMD’s FreeSync dynamic refresh rate technology, but the manufacturer does not disclose its range or whether it's wide enough to supports Low Framerate Compensation.

Although AOC claims that the monitor is ‘HDR-ready’, it never specifies whether the monitor supports HDR10 or other HDR transport formats. In any case, an LCD panel featuring a maximum brightness of 300 nits can hardly offer a good HDR experience. Meanwhile, the display can cover 102% of the sRGB and 82% of the AdobeRGB color spaces.


Meanwhile, since the G2868PQU is aimed at gamers, it supports AOC’s Game Color (user-adjustable saturation), Shadow Control (user-adjustable brightness for dark areas in games), Game Modes (specific presets for FPS, RTS, Racing genres, and three user-defined presets), and Dial Point (crosshair) features.

AOC's monitor comes in a rather angular chassis with red inlays to emphasize its gaming nature, and the stand is height-adjustable. As for connectivity, the G2868PQU offers four inputs (D-Sub, DVI-DL, DisplayPort, HDMI-MHL) to ensure compatibility with both modern and legacy systems, a quad-port USB 3.0 hub, an audio input, and a headphone output. As an added bonus, the LCD has stereo speakers.

Specifications of AOC's Entry-Level 28" Gaming Display
Panel 28" TN
Native Resolution 3840 × 2160
Maximum Refresh Rate 60 Hz
Dynamic Refresh Tech FreeSync
Response Time 1 ms (gray-to-gray)
Brightness 300 cd/m²
Contrast 1000:1
Viewing Angles 170°/160° horizontal/vertical (not confirmed)
Pixel Pitch 0.1614 × 0.1614 mm
PPI 157
Color Gamut 102% sRGB
82% Adobe RGB
Inputs 1 × DisplayPort 1.2 (?)
1 × DVI DL (?)
1 × D-Sub
1 × HDMI 2.0
USB Hub 4-port USB 3.0 hub
Audio 3.5-mm headphone jack
3.5-mm audio-in
3W stereo speakers
Color Grey, with red inlays
Power Consumption Standby ?
Maximum ?

AOC will start selling the G2868PQU monitor later this month. The display will cost £319 in the UK, so expect it to be priced at around €370 in Europe and $350 in the USA.

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  • Inteli - Friday, March 8, 2019 - link

    The Freesync is nice, the resolution is nice, the size is nice, and I could even tolerate the TN panel if it had a higher refresh rate than 60 Hz. For a monitor ostensibly designed for games, it sure has specs that match a barebones consumer-grade UHD monitor.
  • Death666Angel - Friday, March 8, 2019 - link

    Agreed on mostly all things. I bought a 32" 4k AOC PVA display for 320€. This thing needs to be either cheaper or offer higher refresh rates.
  • jabber - Saturday, March 9, 2019 - link

    yeah you would have thought they could at least have given it 80Hz or something?
  • bigjer888 - Friday, March 8, 2019 - link

    How would this fare as a computer monitor - like for looking at lots of text?
  • Death666Angel - Friday, March 8, 2019 - link

    I personally don't like larger TN panels, too much color shifting in even perfect sitting position. I moved from a 27" 1440p IPS display to a 32" 4k PVA display. I had both set to 125% scaling and am pretty happy with it. This is a bit smaller, so depending on your eye sight, you might have to go 150% or just individually scale programs. The visual upgrade is noticeable in many ways. If you don't game at all, you should look at *VA or IPS display in the same category without Freesync (or at least without it costing more). They can be had around 300€ give or take. And I personally enjoy the larger size of 32" vs 27", if you have the space.
  • versesuvius - Saturday, March 9, 2019 - link

    The sword and its hilt tells us a lot about the state of gaming and by extension the monitors that those games are played on.
  • godrilla - Saturday, March 9, 2019 - link

    Monoprice has a 32 inch ips "hdr" freesync 4k 60 hz monitor selling for $319 with 2ms response time but only 250 nits of brightness

  • DillholeMcRib - Sunday, March 10, 2019 - link

    Ya know, I just bought the $600 Gigabyte Aorus monitor .. 1440p , 144hz, "HDR" . It's a really good display; you can really tell the difference from a 60hz monitor (running a 1070 GTX). However, the HDR part is a mess. It only does HDR at 120hz, and when that is enabled the colors are way washed out and half the time you have to alt-tab a few times to get the display to come up. When you hook up an Xbox One X to it, it works really well. But then there is the HDR factor; a game like Battlefront II with HDR enabled looks terrible in comparison to just leaving the feature off.

    When will they just decide on a single HDR spec and stick with it?
  • Dug - Tuesday, March 12, 2019 - link

    It isn't a problem with hdr, it's a problem with Windows and hdr.
  • skavi - Sunday, March 10, 2019 - link

    How have these companies been pushing TN to such high gamuts these days? Have viewing angles improved at all?

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